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Taiwan Long Chuan Beer Peach

Rating: 2.05

Following very quickly on from the lemon version of this beer from the same brewery, I’ll now be sampling the Taiwan Long Chuan Beer Peach flavours which will be my second from the Taiwan Tsing Beer Co. and my third in total from Taiwan, the other being the can of Taiwan Beer Gold Medal that I tried and hated a number of years ago. Thankfully the lemon version of this beer wasn’t quite as bad as the first Taiwan beer I tried and although it wasn’t exactly one to write home about, the beer was drinkable and I’m hopeful that this one will be too. It’s not often I get to pick up a peach flavoured beer and I’m also hoping it is more fruit beer than radler this time but given the fact that it is another 2.5% abv. beer, I’m not exactly holding my breath for it.

Appearance (2/5): Even lighter than the lemon version, this one is incredibly light straw coloured that isn’t too far away from water in appearance. There is again a lot of fine bubbles rising to the surface but this time the head is much better, it’s a white and foamy one that sits about a centimetre tall in the glass and holds a lot better than expected too, lasting the opening minute or so before slowly reducing in size.
Aroma (5/10): Plenty of peach in the early going, the nose was again quite artificial but not overly so at least. There was some sugars adding to the sweetness initially with some apricot and floral notes in there too which meant this was a little bit more to it than the lemon version. It’s overly sweet at times and there isn’t much in the way of the traditional beer notes to this one really with the nose rounded off with what was a very sweet, syrupy type aroma to see things out.
Taste (4/10): Sweet with an opening combination of peaches and apricot, there was some oranges and a syrupy type, artificial sweetness to the beer in the early going. It has no bitterness or any of the usual beer flavours coming through, I got a tonne of sugar and a couple of summer fruits and white grapes nearer the middle but that was about it really; again it’s not much like a beer at all.
Palate (2/5): Light bodied but very sweet and with a slightly syrupy feel, the beer was quite smooth for the most part though but could have been a little stronger at times. There was some summer fruits at times but it was fairly one-dimensional for the most part and not very beer like either.

Overall (7/20): This one was another fairly poor offering from the brewery overall although if pushed I would say it was a very slightly worse that the lemon version at times but it was also overly sweet throughout. There was some peach and apricot with a white grape flavour in there too but there wasn’t a whole lot beyond that and it didn’t seem quite as version as expected either which was disappointing.

Brewed In:  Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Brewery: Taiwan Tsing Beer Co.
First Brewed: 2012
Type: Fruit Beer
Abv: 2.5%
Serving: Can (330ml)
Purchased: Chung Ying Supermarket (Glasgow)
Price: £1.28

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Taiwan Long Chuan Beer Lemon

Rating: 2.15

This one is only my second ever beer from Taiwan and follows on from the can of Taiwan Beer Gold Medal that I tried back in the summer of 2013 in travelling around southeast Asia and picking up a can of the stuff in Singapore on night. That last beer from the country is one that can only be described as terrible and it’s not an experience I want to repeat so hopefully this fruit beer offering that I picked up from a Chinese supermarket in Glasgow a few weeks ago will turn out to be better. I grabbed this lemon flavoured version (despite the fact a lime is shown on the can) alongside their peach flavour since it was an unusual beer and one I hadn’t spotted anywhere before, hopefully it’s not a decision I’ll come to regret. The beer itself comes in at 2.5% abv. so it should be a relatively easy one to drink for what was a 2012 release from the Taiwan Tsing Beer Co. and will be my first from them so far; let’s find out.

Appearance (2/5): A very clear beer, this one is a light golden straw colour that isn’t unlike a pale lager but it’s definitely got a lot more visible carbonation with a lot of active bubbles rising to the surface in the early going. The head is a thin, foamy one that is white in colour but fades to nothing pretty quickly, there is a tiny bit of lace left sitting in the middle of the glass but that is about it really.
Aroma (4/10): It’s not the strongest beer on the nose, there was a combination of lime and lemon coming through but both definitely had an artificial aroma to them with some sugars and sticky sweetness in there too. It’s very much like a lot of radlers I’ve tried when travelling around Europe in the past, there’s not much to it other than some lemonade type notes and a faint touch of corn nearer the end; pretty disappointing stuff really.
Taste (4/10): Starting in a similar vein to the nose, there was some lemon flavours kicking things off and they were at least a touch stronger than with the nose. Towards the middle some lime and various sugars feature with a corn adjunct taste that was a little off. The beer tasted more like an alcopop than anything else with some sticky touches around the middle and basic adjuncts seeing things out.
Palate (3/5): Quite light and artificial on the palate, the beer was definitely well carbonated though and proved quite refreshing on a warm day but it was a touch thin at times. It was generally quite a sticky and very sweet offering with an okay balance that was definitely helped by the fact that the flavours and the nose were both so light.

Overall (7/20): Quite a basic beer overall and one that was more radler than fruit beer despite what the label said, there was also quite a lot of lime showing which seemed to match the picture on the can but not the name of the beer. It was an easy and refreshing one to drink but it was a little light on taste whilst still being miles better than the last beer from Taiwan that I tried. It’s not a classic by any means, it’s not even a good beer really and it’s almost a stretch to call it a beer but it was at least marginally better than expected and hopefully the peach flavour that I’m trying next is slightly better.

Brewed In:  Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Brewery: Taiwan Tsing Beer Co.
First Brewed: 2012
Type: Fruit Beer
Abv: 2.5%
Serving: Can (330ml)
Purchased: Chung Ying Supermarket (Glasgow)
Price: £1.28

Karlovačko Laganini

October 16, 2015 Leave a comment

Rating: 2.45

My last review of a radler beer for quite some time now, probably until my next trip somewhere warm I would imagine but it’s probably not a style that I’ll miss all that much to be honest. This one is another from the Karlovaċka brewery in Croatia, my sixth overall from them and one following hot on the heels of their Limun variety that I added here a short time ago. This one is the lime variant of the brewery’s radler and is yet another I managed to pick up at a local supermarket in Rovinj on the Istrian peninsula near the end of my trip to Croatia and the surrounding areas. It was one I was surprised to find so close to the end of my trip, I thought I’d managed to pick up all of the radlers available in Croatia but apparently I’d missed this one so it would have been a shame not to grab a can despite the fact I wasn’t holding out much hope for it to be a good one.

Karlovacko Laganini

Appearance (2/5): Quite a cloudy looking and very light yellow coloured beer with a half centimetre tall head that is partially foamy and fades to nothing after about fifteen seconds.
Aroma (4/10): There is a surprising amount of lemon coming through to kick this one-off, the advertised lime from the wording on the can is there but to be honest it takes somewhat of a back seat to the lemons. There’s a few other citrus notes coming through as well and I could detect an artificial sweetness that features the odd herbal note but not much beyond that.
Taste (5/10): The taste follows in a similar vein to the nose with the lemons seemingly a little stronger than the limes but the gap is a little closer here at least. There was some strong citrus notes and a lot of sugars coming through to give a very sweet taste that was only hinted at by the nose. There was the odd grassy hop with some hay and corn to see things out.
Palate (3/5): This one was quite a light bodied beer with a thin but not overly watery feel that helped keep the beer smooth on the way down. There was plenty of sweetness but it did seem a little artificial at times and there was only a touch of bitterness coming through. This one was very much like a soft drink on the palate with no alcohol showing and a fairly refreshing feel.

Overall (11/20): Another radler, another fairly forgettable one. This offering was quite an average one from Karlovaċka with a surprising amount of lemons coming through with both the taste and smell for what was apparently a lime flavoured beer. There was still some lime in the mix but it seemed secondary to the lime and there wasn’t a whole lot going on beyond that with the taste seeming a touch artificial and overdone but it was at least slightly refreshing offering.

Brewed In: Karlovac, Croatia
Brewery: Karlovaċka Pivovara
First Brewed: circa. 2014
Full Name: Karlovačko Natur Radler Laganini
Type: Fruit Beer
Abv: 2.0%
Serving: Can (500ml)
Purchased: Konzum (Croatia)
Price: 8.99 kuna (approx. £0.87)

Karlovačko Limun

October 16, 2015 1 comment

Rating: 2.05

One of the last few radlers I have to review from my recent visits to Croatia and Slovenia over the summer, this one is the penultimate review I believe and is one that I managed to sample when in the Istrian town of Rovinj in the north-west of Croatia. I picked up a bottle at one of the local supermarkets in the town after realising it was one of the few that I hadn’t already tried after two weeks in the region, it’ll actually be my fifth beer from the Karlovačko brewery but the final radler I have to review is also from them so I’m not quite done just yet.

Karlovacko Limun

Appearance (2/5): This one is the usual light yellow colour with it sitting in the glass looking like cloudy lemonade. It started with quite a thin, foamy white head that disappeared almost instantly and there was plenty of visible carbonation.
Aroma (4/10): Naturally quite a strong lemon aroma that was artificial smelling with plenty of sweetness coming through off the back of it. There was some sugars and a touch of lime but no sign of any hops. There was a light bitterness and the odd herbal note towards the end but the lemons definitely dominated.
Taste (4/10): Sweet tasting to start with a huge amount of sugar alongside the lemons that still seemed to shine through strongest. There was some lime again and the taste felt artificial with some light bitterness to go with the citrus and faint hay flavours.
Palate (2/5): Smooth but very light bodied and thin with a sticky sweet but artificial taste that came with a lot of acidity. There was a background bitterness to proceedings and quite a lot of carbonation too but it wasn’t as refreshing as some of the other radlers I sampled on the same trip.

Overall (9/20): This one turned out to be quite a poor offering in truth, it didn’t come anywhere near the heights of a few better radlers I tried over the summer and it didn’t prove to be all that refreshing either sadly. Naturally the lemons dominated but there seemed to be a huge amount of sugar too and on top of that the beer seemed quite artificial; definitely not one I’ll be looking out for again I’m afraid.

Brewed In: Karlovac, Croatia
Brewery: Karlovaċka Pivovara
First Brewed: circa. 2011
Full Name: Karlovaċko Natur Radler Limun
Type: Fruit Beer
Abv: 2.0%
Serving: Bottle (500ml)
Purchased: Konzum (Croatia)
Price: 8.99 kuna (approx. £0.87)

Pittinger Grapefruit

September 24, 2015 Leave a comment

Rating: 2.05

This one is a bit of an unusual one to categorise, it’s an Austrian branded beer that is from the Fritz Egger brewery but the beer itself appears to be brewed under license by Pivovarna Laško in Slovenia, specifically for Spar supermarkets in Slovenia. Since the beer is from an Austrian brewery originally I’ll count it as a beer from that country and it makes the beer my second to fall under the Pittinger brand that I’ve tried, following on from their enjoyable Hefe-Weissbier that I reviewed here previously. This one is actually a beer that I sampled on a bus leaving Ljubljana for Trieste in Italy having grabbed the can earlier on my visit to Ljubljana but not getting round to opening it, the main reason I grabbed it in the first place was because it was cheaper than buying a bottle of water and I thought it might be more refreshing too. The price of the beer worked out at roughly £0.39 for a 500ml can, granted it’s a relatively low alcohol drink but you can’t really argue with pricing like that.

Pittinger Grapefruit

Appearance (3/5): A cloudy, lemon coloured yellow with a thin, bubbly white head on top that starts to break up after a minute or so.
Aroma (3/10): Really bitter lemon and grapefruit notes on the nose initally, there was some strong artificial smells with a huge amount of citrus but the nose felt a little basic. The grapefruit definitely dominated and beyond that there wasn’t really much going on.
Taste (4/10): Mirroring the nose, this one kicked off with some strong bitterness and quite an artifical tast that had some lemons and grapefruit running through it, although neither was quite as overpowering as the nose. There was an artificial sweetness and very basic malts coming through around the middle before some hay and further bitterness closed things out.
Palate (2/5): Light bodied and artificial feeling with quite a thin, almost watery feel that had too much bitterness for me and not enough variety. There was the odd sticky-sweet patch in there but it was definitely a basic beer overall.

Overall (7/20): This one turned out to be quite a poor radler and was nowhere near as good as the Union Radler Grapefruit that I reviewed here previously. The taste and smell both seemed artifical and forced with far too much bitterness showing and taking away the refreshing aspect of the beer before you had a chance to enjoy it. Disappointing and not one I’d go back to which is a shame given how much I enjoyed the Pittinger Hefe-Weissbier that I also tried whilst in Slovenia.

Brewed In: Unterradlberg, Austria
Brewery: Privatbrauerei Fritz Egger
First Brewed: 2012
Type: Radler (Fruit Beer)
Abv: 2.5%
Serving: Can (500ml)
Purchased: Spar supermarket (Ljubljana)
Price: €0.53 (approx. £0.39)

Union Radler Lemon

September 11, 2015 Leave a comment

Rating: 1.85

My third Union radler beer now, this one follows on from their Red Orange and Grapefruit varieties and is the first beer I picked up and reviewed when I made it to Ljubljana last month for a two night stay in the city. I managed to pick this variety of the local beer up in a Spar supermarket located about a mile from the brewery and it was actually the first time I’d seen it; despite the previously reviewed varieties being fairly easy to find in Croatia this one didn’t seem to be as common for one reason or another. This one also seems to have been around a little longer than the other flavours of radler from Union that I’ve tried which makes sense since lemon is a flavour I’d usually associate with this style of beer so it was surprising it wasn’t quite as popular as the others.

Union Radler Lemon

Appearance (1/5): Really light and sitting a crystal clear yellow/straw colour in the glass, this one has a tiny, bubbly white head on top that covers little more than a fraction of the surface.
Aroma (4/10): Naturally this one kick off with a strong lemon aroma and despite it being the dominate smell there wasn’t quite as much as I’d expected in truth. There was an artificial sweetness to the beer that was coupled with some basic pale lager malts and a bit of corn before some faint grassy notes and adjuncts seen things out.
Taste (4/10): There was more in the way of lemon from this one when it came to the nose, I could detect quite a lot of them with the same artificial sweetness that showed up with the nose. There was some faint grass and hay alongside a bit of corn and touches of bitterness at the end.
Palate (2/5): This one had a sticky sweet palate that came with a slight citrus tang and quite a light but not a thin body. There was good, strong carbonation to the beer with a clean, semi-refreshing finish.

Overall (9/20): Definitely not a classic radler by any stretch of the imagination and easily the worst of the three from Union that I’ve reviewed here now, the beer was quite terrible but it was miles away from the same brewery’s Grapefruit version. It was certainly drinkable but I’d have liked it to at least be a little more refreshing and for the artificial flavours to be less apparent.

Brewed In: Ljubljana, Slovenia
Brewery: Pivovarna Union
Type: Radler/Fruit Beer
Abv: 2.5%
Serving: Can (500ml)
Purchased: Spar supermarket (Ljubljana)
Price: €0.90 (approx. £0.67)

Union Radler Red Orange

August 28, 2015 1 comment

Rating: 2.7

My second review of a Union radler beer in fairly quick succession now, this is another Slovenian beer that I managed to try whilst in Zagreb a couple of weeks ago and is one that I actually bought at a local supermarket the day after trying the same brewery’s Grapefruit Radler and enjoying it more than I thought I would. This is another one that comes in at a session friendly 2.5% abv. and one that I’d probably not have bothered picking up if it wasn’t for the warm Croatian weather and the fact I was drinking quite early in the day again. It wasn’t one I picked up thinking it would hit the heights of the previously reviewed grapefruit version but it was one I felt would at least be refreshing, here’s what I thought of it anyway.

Union Radler Red Orange

Appearance (2/5): Reddish orange with some pink tinges and a thin, bubbly white lace across the top that’s quite patchy looking.
Aroma (5/10): Fairly sweet on the nose with quite a lot of sugars coming through early on, this one had some strong orange and citrus notes as well before a touch of lemon and faint tropical fruits made themselves known. The nose was definitely artificial smelling but at the same time it didn’t prove offensive or off-putting, pretty much what I had expected going in.
Taste (6/10): Tonnes of orange and citrus upfront with this one and with some artificial hints of tropical fruit as well but there wasn’t a whole lot to it beyond that really. The beer was reminiscent of Fanta Exotic on the taste buds, partially since no alcohol was showing through and the taste was quite a sweet, sugary one.
Palate (3/5): A very strongly carbonated beer that was also very sweet with not much in the way of bitterness coming through. Balance wise the beer was okay and it was certainly easy to drink as well as being quite refreshing with a soft drink feel to it.

Overall (12/20): This one was quite an easy-going beer and one that came across quite refreshing with more of a soft drink feel to it than a beer, helped by the low alcohol content and the abundance of sugars in the taste. Definitely enjoyable if you are sitting about in the sun one afternoon but I’m not sure I’d go back to it under different circumstances and I also felt the grapefruit version was better so I’d probably go for that one over this anyway.

Brewed In: Ljubljana, Slovenia
Brewery: Pivovarna Union
First Brewed: circa. 2011
Type: Radler/Fruit Beer
Abv: 2.5%
Serving: Can (500ml)
Purchased: Billa Supermarket (Zagreb)
Price: 9.49 kuna (approx. £0.92)